Mayor celebrates first Turnaround Entrepreneurship class, announces second

Apr 9, 2019
Mayor celebrates first Turnaround Entrepreneurship class, announces second
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner and Office of Business Opportunity Director Carlecia D. Wright, with leaders from local and national organizations, celebated the first-ever Turnaround Entrepreneurship Program (TEP) graduation ceremony at Houston City Hall today.

The 13 graduates now have a business plan vetted by professionals to start a business designed to help them provide for themselves and their families. Mayor Turner also announced the continuation of the program, thanks to funding by Capital One.

The Office of Business Opportunity manages the program, which is part of the Turnaround Houston! initiative started by Mayor Turner started in 2016 to help Houstonians overcome barriers to employment. The program teaches previously incarcerated individuals how to start and operate a business. A construction firm, a tele-communications infrastructure installer and a ride service to get patients to medical appointments are just a few of the promising business ideas.
“Congratulations to these 13 extraordinary graduates for their dedication to the program and for producing viable small business plans,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “The Turnaround Entrepreneurship Program showcases my administration’s commitment to ensuring that all Houstonians benefit from the economic power of this great city and that all of its residents live in thriving, complete communities.”
The program was made possible by a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ DollarWise Campaign. Starting in January, students met on Saturdays at the Shepard-Acres Homes Neighborhood Library. More than 50 applications were received, 16 were chosen for the cohort, and 13 completed the program.
“It is exciting to see the powerful and positive impact that TEP has had on these students lives,” said OBO Director Carlecia D. Wright. “And thanks to our partners at Microsoft, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Staples, OBO is also helping them get started by providing them with technology, seed funds and office supplies.”
Thanks to the success of this first cohort, Capital One has committed $10,000 to fund a second Turnaround Entrepreneurship Program in 2019. For much more on the Turnaround Houston! initiative, visit
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Crash at 2400 Katy Freeway

Apr 9, 2019
Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Crash at 2400 Katy Freeway
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal crash that occurred at 2400 Katy Freeway (West Interstate Highway 10) about  3 a.m. on Saturday (April 6).  

The suspect, Sheila Michelle Brown (b/f, 33), is charged with failure to stop and render aid and intoxication manslaughter in the 339th State District Court.  A booking photo of Brown is attached to this news release.  

The identity of the male victim, 46, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.  

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant J. Benavidez and Officer J. Johnson reported:  

A red Toyota Camry, driven by Brown, was traveling eastbound on the Katy Freeway when it struck a blue Mazda 3.  The Camry then struck a tractor-trailer truck that was stopped due to a prior crash that occurred in the 2100 block of the Katy Freeway.  Meanwhile, the Mazda struck a white GMC Canyon.  The driver of the Mazda died at the scene.  Brown fled on foot and was detained by responding patrol officers.  She was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital with minor leg injuries.  She was determined to be intoxicated and subsequently charged for her role in the crash.  
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in 2016 Fatal Shooting at 1312 Robin

Apr 9, 2019
 Suspect Arrested, Charged in 2016 Fatal Shooting at 1312 Robin
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of three men and the wounding of two other persons at 1312 Robin about 10:35 p.m. on July 4, 2016.

The suspect, Jerome Moore (b/m, 20), is charged with capital murder (multiple murder) in the 179th State District Court.  A photo of Moore is attached to this news release.

Three victims, Daquarius Tucker, 19, Charles Jackson, 29, and Jamal Dixon-Lackey, 26, were pronounced dead at the scene.  A fourth male, 37, and a juvenile male, 10, were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening wounds.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants J. Brooks and C. Cegielski reported:

Residents were having a neighborhood fireworks display at the above address.  During the gathering, Mr. Tucker was targeted by a rival gang and shots were fired.  Tucker was killed, as were two other bystanders (Jackson and Dixon-Lackey) who were in close proximity to him.  Two additional victims were wounded. 

Further information led to the development of Moore as the suspected shooter in this case and, on April 3, 2019, he was arrested without incident and subsequently charged.
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Espectacular triunfo regala Xolos a su afición ante America

Apr 7, 2019

Tijuana, Baja California, 6 de Abril de 2019._ El Club Tijuana 
consiguió un valioso triunfo (3-2) ante el Club América en la jornada 13 
de la LIGA MX-Clausura 2019, tras el encuentro disputado este sábado en 
el Estadio Caliente.

Los Canes Aztecas vinieron de atrás para lograr la remontada en casa, 
después que las Águilas se adelantaron en el marcador sobre el minuto 
14, con un golazo de Guido Rodríguez. Miller Bolaños respondió para la 
casa, con otro soberbio gol que se incrustó en el ángulo derecho 
defendido por Agustín Marchesín, en el minuto 33 del primer lapso.

En el mismo primer tiempo, Guido Rodríguez volvió a aparecer en el área 
local, para concretar de bolea el 1-2 parcial sobre el 41.

En el complemento, los Xoloitzcuintles lograron igualar por la vía 
penal, en un cobro cristalizado por Gustavo Bou en el minuto 71.

La voltereta se dio en una gran jugada orquestada por el mismo Bou, 
quien envió un pase preciso para Ariel Nahuelpán, quien se esforzó hasta 
el final para ganar la pelota, y definir ante la salida de Marchesín en 
el minuto 76 del tiempo corrido.

Con este resultado, los Rojinegros llegaron a 22 puntos y se metieron 
de lleno a la pelea por un boleto a la fiesta grande del balompié 

Ahora el Club Tijuana se enfocará en la siguiente jornada del certamen, 
en la que visitarán a Pumas de la UNAM el próximo 14 de Abril en el 
Estadio Olímpico Universitario de la CDMX.


Xoloitzcuintles 3–2 Club America, LIGA MX 2019 Clausura Week 13

TIJUANA (April 6, 2019) – Ariel Nahuelpan scored in the 76th minute to 
help Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles to a 3-2 come-from-behind win against 
visiting Club America Saturday at Estadio Caliente.

Nahuelpan sent in the game-winner on a play from the left side of the 
penalty box. He put back a rebounded shot off Club America goalkeeper 
Agustin Marchesin. Referee Fernando Hernandez confirmed the score using 
VAR (Video Assistant Referee).

The Argentine striker’s goal completed the come-from-behind win that 
gives Club Tijuana three more points in the standings and puts behind a 
loss to America in the Copa MX semifinals earlier in the week.

It was the second Club Tijuana goal that came off a VAR decision. 
Gustavo Bou tied the game 2-2 after converting a penalty kick in the 
72nd minute. He sent a low-rolling shot to the right of Marchesin. The 
penalty kick came after referee Hernandez went to the VAR once again. 
This time he confirmed a Carlos Vargas foul over Nahuelpan in the 
penalty area.

That goal started the Xoloitzcuintles’ comeback. Club America had taken 
an early lead.

Guido Rodriguez gave the visitors the 1-0 lead when he sent a 
right-footed shot from about 25 yards out past Club Tijuana goalkeeper 
Gibran Lajud in the 14th minute.

Club Tijuana answered that goal with a Miller Bolaños goal. Bolaños 
tied the match with a blast of his own. The Ecuadorian midfielder took a 
pass near the top of the penalty box, cocked and fired. His right-footed 
shot beat Marchesin to tie the match 1-1.

Rodriguez scored his second of the night when he sent a one-time shot 
off a cross by Nicolas Benedetti. Rodriguez sent the shot in with his 
right foot near the six-yard box. Hernandez, the referee, checked the 
play using VAR, looking for a foul on Club America on Benedetti’s cross. 
The goal was upheld.

The win gives Club Tijuana three more points in the LIGA MX 2019 
standings. Coach Oscar Pareja’s team now has 22 points with a 7-5-1 
record. The Xoloitzcuintles will head to Mexico City to face Pumas UNAM 
Sunday April 14 in a Week 14 match at Estadio Universitario.

Xolos 3, Club America 2

0-1/ 14’- Guido Rodriguez (AME)
1-1/ 31’ -Miller Bolaños (TIJ)
1-2/ 40’ -Guido Rodriguez (AME)
2-2/ 72’ -Gustavo Bou (TIJ)
3-2/ 76’ -Ariel Nahuelpan (TIJ)

Club Tijuana: 2. Julian Velazquez, 3. Luis Fuentes, 8. Ignacio Rivero, 
12. Gustavo Bou, 15. Diego Rodriguez, 16. Diego Braghieri, 23. Miller 
Bolaños, 25. Gibran Lajud, 28. Omar Mendoza, 32. Ariel Nahuelpan, 10. 
Fabian Castillo. Coach: Oscar Pareja.

Club America: 1. Agustin Marchesin, 2. Carlos Vargas, 4. Edson Alvarez, 
5. Guido Rodriguez, 8. Mateus Uribe, 11. Andres Ibarguen, 12. Luis 
Reyes, 14. Nicolas Benedetti, 21. Henry Martin, 22. Paul Aguilar, 26. 
Francisco Cordova. Coach: Miguel Herrera.

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LASD is Asking for Your Help in Identifying and Locating Two Robbery Suspects

Apr 4, 2019

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Norwalk Station detectives are asking for your help identifying and locating two robbery suspects. The robbery occurred February 28, 2019, where the suspects punched an elderly employee and stole cigars from his store on Telegraph Road in Whittier. They fled the location in a dark color sedan.

Suspect 1 and 2 are male Hispanics, or other race, approximately 18 years-old, 5’07-5’08” tall, thin build.
Suspect 1 is wearing a camouflage hoodie, black shorts.                        
Suspect 2 is wearing a blue hoodie, black pants

Later that day, they shoplifted more cigars from another store on Telegraph Road in Whittier.

The victim, male 58 years-old, sustained minor injuries in the robbery.

Any information you have could help investigators identify and locate the suspects involved. Please call detectives at Norwalk Station with your tips AT 562-863-8711, or remain ANONYMOUS at 800-222-8477

If you know who or where these suspects are, and/or have any information about this incident, please call Norwalk Station Detectives at 562-863-8711.

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Fresh produce more affordable at Houston Health Department’s 2019 Get Moving Houston Farmers Markets

Apr 3, 2019
HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department is making fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable with the launch of its eighth Get Moving Houston Farmers Markets season.

The 2019 markets will offer SNAP beneficiaries a dollar for dollar match up to $20 spent on fresh fruits and vegetables through the Urban Harvest Double Up Houston program. In addition to the new incentive, the markets will continue to offer:Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers to eligible WIC clients;The Fruit and vegetable prescription program FRESH RX to Houstonians participating in a health screening visit or a health education class available at a participating health center; andVarious deals and bundles to make local fruits and vegetables more affordable.“Fruits and vegetables help prevent or delay the start of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease while helping people maintain a healthy weight and just feel better,” said Dr. Faith Foreman-Hays, head of the health department’s Office of Chronic Disease, Health Education and Wellness. 

Get Moving Houston Farmers Markets bring fresh fruits and vegetables to communities with low access, also known as food deserts. Since launching in 2011, the markets have benefited more than 20,000 underserved families and distributed more than half a million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in Houston.

“These markets provide a mutual benefit to farmers, shoppers and local economies by allowing farmers to sell high quality fresh fruits and vegetables directly to the community, meeting the area’s demand for fresh produce,” Foreman-Hays continued.

The markets accept cash, credit, debit and SNAP/Lonestar EBT.

The 2019 Get Moving Houston Farmers Market season runs April 3 through September 26. Markets are held twice weekly at multi-service centers across the city. The 2019 schedule and more information about the markets, incentives and health programs is available at or 832-393-4054.
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NUIT BLANCHE HOUSTON Art Exhibit and Festival

Mar 28, 2019

Internationally acclaimed Art Festival Nuit Blanche will be transforming Downtown Houston on Saturday, April 6th for its inaugural debut! Imagine Houston animated at night, transformed by the magic of art with unique installations dotted around City Hall and the Houston Public Library. The public gets to take part in creating a work of art inspired by French Architect Yona Friedman and view an exhibit of his artwork inside the Central Library gallery (on the first floor). This unique celebration will engage both highly regarded international artists and local luminaries as well as school children. Visit or call 832-393-1313 for more information.

Festival Nuit Blanche Activities
Saturday, April 6 | 12 PM – 9 PM
Central Library, Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza | 500 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1313
Julia Ideson Building | 550 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1313

“Space Chain Structure” Central Library Gallery
On Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza, visitors are invited to build a “space chain structure” with the help of art students and docents. Each installation, built using 1,500 hula hoops, is assembled spontaneously, creating new variations of space with each turn.

Specially trained docents will be available to offer tours that allow students to develop an understanding of art in both creative and historical contexts.

Movie: African Tales – Central Library Gallery 
Friedman’s second piece of art exhibited during Nuit Blanche is “African Tales,” a series of ten films produced by Yona Friedman and his wife Denise Charvein, between 1960 and 1963. The animations are constructed from wooden blocks, carved and assembled to create the different scenes. The soundtrack is taken from UNESCO African music library, and each film is inspired by an ancestral African tale. Broadcasted in Africa by ethnologist and moviemaker Jean Roch, the films encountered great success. Lost until 2007, the films were restored with the help of the National Center for Edition, Art and Image in France.

Olivier Modr art exhibit inside the Julia Ideson Building
“I can’t remember”

The Houston Public Library’s Community Engagement Team – Central Library
Paper Circuits and an Art Activity | 4 PM – 6 PM

The Houston Public Library’s Youth Services Team – Central Library
Arts and crafts

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 37 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

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Houston Firefighters to Participate in MDA’s Fill the Boot

Mar 28, 2019
WHAT:Press Conference for MDA Campaign
WHEN: April 10, 2019 at 10:00 am
WHERE:Houston Fire Station 11 460 TC Jester Blvd. Houston, TX  77007
Houston, Texas – The Houston Fire Department and the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 341 are supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) by once again taking part in the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign. This campaign helps to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.Continuing a 65-year tradition, thousands of dedicated Houston firefighters will hit the streets or storefronts with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to donate to MDA.Houston’s Fill the Boot drive is scheduled on the following Saturdays from 10am – 2pm:April 13April 20April 27May 4Press Conference: Wednesday, April 10 at 10 amHouston Fire Station 11460 TC Jester Blvd. Houston, TX 77007Funds raised through the 2019 Houston Fill the Boot campaign will empower families with life-enhancing resources and support that open new possibilities and maximize independence, so they can experience the world without any limits. Houston firefighters have raised more than $8 million for MDA which funds groundbreaking research, programs and services that enrich the lives of individuals living with neuromuscular disease. Additionally, dollars raised during Fill the Boot help to send local Houston kids to MDA Summer Camp at no cost to their families. Every June, more than 100 campers from the Houston area experience a week of barrier-free fun while gaining confidence and independence.
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Houston Fire Department Open House Safety Campaign

Mar 28, 2019
Houston Fire Department Open House Safety Campaign
HOUSTON – The Houston Fire Department’s “Open House” Public Safety Awareness Campaign will kick off in the month of April to promote Fire Prevention and Safety. Citizens will have the chance to learn about common causes of home fires such as cooking, heating units, and smoking; be reminded of the importance of having working smoke detectors (and checking them frequently) and how critical it is to have a fire safety escape plan in place.There are two safety themes for 2019 open houses: “Know the Way Out” and “Cook with Caution.” Open house activities, which may vary by fire station, include: an interactive tour through the fire safety house to learn how to prepare and evacuate during an emergency, demonstrations by firefighters, fire station tours, photo ops with Sparky the Fire Dog, and free pizza and chips. 

“Every year, the majority of fire deaths in North America happen at home. In a typical home, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Our open houses are a time for people to think ahead. You can help ensure your family’s safety by having a home fire escape plan, making sure your smoke alarms work well, and being careful with cooking and heating equipment,” said Fire Chief Sam Pena.
The schedule for 2019 open houses is below:

April 6, 2019                   11am-2pm                          Houston Fire Station 82 
May 4, 2019                    11 am-2 pm                        Houston Fire Station 27
June 6, 2019                   11am-2pm                          Houston Fire Station 105
July 11, 2019                  11am-2pm                          Houston Fire Station 86
August 8, 2019               11am-2pm                          Houston Fire Station 47
September 7, 2019         11am-2pm                          Houston Fire Station 15
Fire Prevention Month Schedule              (Increased Schedule for the month)
October 5, 2019               11am-2pm                          Houston Fire Station 5
October 12, 2019             11am-2pm                          Houston Fire Station 71
October 19, 2019            11am-2pm                          Houston Fire Station 32
October 26, 2019            11am-2pm                          Houston Fire Station 13
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 12929 Northwest Freeway

Mar 27, 2019
Suspect Charged, Wanted in Fatal Shooting at 12929 Northwest Freeway
Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a male that occurred at 12929 Northwest Freeway (U.S. Highway 290) service road about 11:15 a.m. on March 13.  

The suspect, Gabriel Jesus Rangel, also known as Gabriel Calixto (H/m, 17), is charged with manslaughter in the 337th State District Court.  He is accused in the death of Angel Hernandez-Martinez, 17.  

A November 2018 booking photo of Rangel is attached to this news release.  

HPD Homicide Division Detectives N. Sharp and K. Fregia reported:

Mr. Hernandez-Martinez was dropped off at the Signature Care Emergency Center at 1014 Wirt Road by four unknown individuals in an older-model, tan Cadillac.  He had been shot in the chest and was reported deceased at the emergency center.  It was later discovered the shooting occurred at the Red Roof Inn at the above address on the Northwest Freeway service road.  Witnesses spoke with detectives and claimed the shooting was accidental.  

Further investigation identified the suspect as Gabriel Jesus Rangel, alias Gabriel Calixto.  He is not in custody at this time.  

Anyone with information in this case or on the whereabouts of the wanted suspect is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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